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Mexico is proving popular at the moment, but we still have some spaces on both the Western and North-East tours in 2025!

More respect for our invaluable local guides and agents, leading to responsible ecotourism and conservation.

More birds on our professionally crafted itineraries with maximum birding time and small group sizes.

More choice in shorter tours to suit holidays of any length, or flexibility to customise with extensions.

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Our local guides in India, Chile and Colombia contributed enormously to the success of these three trips which I participated in, adding to the already exceptional skills and expertise of Dani and Josh.

Nick B, United Kingdom, 2023

Back at home from a very successful Ornis Birding Expedition's tour to Borneo. We were birding four days in Sabah and six days in Sarawak. Thanks to our unbeatable tour leaders, we were able to see all the main targets of the route plus a number of really good bonus birds.

Mika O, Finland, 2023

I rated Josh as the best guide that I have been with after doing tours with him to Taiwan and the Solomons. And he equalled that in Western Mexico. Outstanding!

Frank O, Australia, 2024

Arrived home from a fantastic Mexico trip led by Josh with local guide Rene. All the time great weather, good food and lots of birds! I landed on more than 340 species including 46 lifers which exceeded all expectations.

Mathias B, Sweden, 2024

I only can fully recommend Ornis Birding. Dani is one of the top bird tour leaders in the world, and I greatly enjoyed my first trip with Ornis. Highly recommended!!!

Pedro M, Spain, 2023

In Mongolia and we had an exceptional guide, Dani. We saw all the target species and other unexpected birds. The organization before and during the trip was great. I will travel again in the future with Ornis without a doubt.

Maria S, Spain, 2023

My wife and I joined Josh on the April Red Panda tour to eastern Nepal. We saw red pandas on three of four days at the lodge and numerous rare birds. Josh has excellent hearing and vision and worked very hard to help us see as many species as possible. I’ll be signing up for more Ornis trips for sure.

John S, United States, 2023

An excellent trip to Sarawak! Thanks to Josh's exceptional eyes and ears and birding skills, along with the top level local guides and thanks to all their persistence and hard work not only were all the target species seen, but seen well. Remarkable considering some of tough to see species involved.

Andy T, United Kingdom, 2023

I will return again for future trips and recommend Ornis fully. My first trip to sub Sarahan Africa (Angola) was a huge success, and a trip I will fondly remember.

Don K, United States, 2023

Exceptional!!! Josh worked very hard on Java and Sumatra to get us great views under very difficult conditions! Very accommodating, nothing is too much! The only place I’ll use and recommend for birding expeditions!!!

Heyn K, Australia, 2023

A fabulous trip in West Papua. A comprehensive and flexible itinerary together with Josh’s skill and excellent local guides got huge numbers of birds, plenty of displaying BOPs and lots of exciting spotlighting (all four Owlet-nightjars and lots of mammals!). Another fantastic trip - thanks again Ornis.

Marcel A, United Kingdom, 2023

Joshua Bergmark

Josh lives in Australia with his partner Shahaf and daughter Aya. Working as a professional bird tour leader since he was 16 and travelling extensively throughout Australasia, Eurasia and Africa, his particular passion is for New Guinea and the Pacific, where he guided extensively over the last decade in search of many poorly-known endemics before founding Ornis Birding Expeditions.

Julien Mazenauer

Julien started birding when he was 10 and quickly expanded his passion all over the Western Palearctic and ultimately the whole world, where he has been leading tours on five continents for the past five years. When at home in western Switzerland, he lives with his partner Hélène and devotes much of his time to counting birds high up in the Alps or looking for vagrants!

Daniel López-Velasco

Dani is a lifelong, highly enthusiastic and experienced birder who started birding at the early age of 5. He lives in Asturias, Northern Spain, and worked as a professional bird tour leader for over 10 years before founding Ornis Birding Expeditions. His travels have taken him to over 80 countries across the world, with his favourite places being New Guinea, the Neotropics, and the oceans.

Donna Belder

Donna is a conservation biologist based in Australia. Truly discovering her passion for birding during university led her to undertake a PhD on woodland birds and become a fully-licenced ringer while also working part-time as a tour leader. Donna is very enthusiastic about her Australian list, reaching 700 Australian birds by age 30 and becoming the youngest ever woman to do so!

Eduardo Patrial

Following his university graduation, Eduardo ran bird surveys across Brazil before starting work as a bird guide in 2006. He has since covered all regions of his vast home country, now one of the handful of people able to truly produce exceptional tours here. His humour and passion for birding guarantee great fun in the field, while his persistent searches for the rarest species are second to none!

Chris Venetz

Chris grew up in Switzerland, taking several lengthy international birding trips during his early teenage days which evolved into a lifelong passion for the birds of the world. While his exploration of avian diversity has taken him to every continent, he has a particular interest in the Neotropics, Africa, Asia, and New Guinea, where he travelled and led tours most extensively.

Joachim Bertrands

Joachim grew up in Belgium and has been birding since the age of 10. He currently lives with his partner Sonya in British Columbia, where he enjoys the wilderness at his doorstep on a daily basis. Having now led international tours for 10 years, Joachim is well-versed across the entire Western Palearctic and a dozen more tropical destinations from Colombia and Mexico to Ghana and Malaysia!

Diego Calderón-Franco

Diego has been leading birding tours for over 20 years across Colombia and Latin America. Along with discovering many new species for his home country while exploring remote areas from the Serranía de Pirre in the Darién and the Baudó Mountains in the Chocó, he has also been privileged to take part in the recent description of several Neotropical birds which were new to science.

Daniel Aldana Schumann

Daniel was born and raised in Guatemala City, but has since relocated to the beautiful and biodiverse slopes of Toliman Volcano, where he lives amongst many special endemic birds! He provided logistics and guiding for several tour companies before joining Ornis, and has plenty of experience leading birding trips across Central and South America, with many more on the horizon!

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